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2013 Top Truck Challenge Candidates

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In the December 2012 issue of Four Wheeler we put out the call to those wheelers who want to compete in Top Truck Challenge (TTC). TTC is one of the most unique and challenging off-road competitions in the world and it celebrates its 21st year in 2013. Since its inception the weeklong competition has always been held at the Hollister Hills SVRA near Hollister, California. TTC has become legendary for its overthe- top event portfolio that is designed to be the ultimate off-road competition for both driver and machine. This year will be no different.

Well, actually it will be a tad different because we’re drop-kicking the Mini Rubicon event and replacing it with the brand spankin’ new Coal Chute event. The Coal Chute utilizes a newly developed area of the Hollister Hills SVRA and it’s a perfect match for the new TTC rules. What new rules? Well, in case you don’t recall, we amended the TTC rules for 2013 to require that each vehicle resemble a mass-produced 4x4. In other words, no more tube buggies.

Aside from the new Coal Chute, the awesome TTC event lineup will remain the same and will include the Tow Test, Frame Twister, Mud Pit, Obstacle Course, Hill Climb, and the breathtaking Tank Trap.

Now it’s your opportunity to vote. TTC 2013 will consist of 10 competitors that are chosen solely by you, the Four Wheeler readers. All you need to do is peruse the following candidates, select your 10 favorites, and mark their corresponding entry number on the offcial ballot that follows this story. Simply mail the ballot to the supplied address by Saturday, March 30, 2013 and we’ll tally the results. The top 10 vote-getting candidates will be notifed the frst week of April and invited to compete in TTC in early June. Yes, you can send in more than one offcial ballot, but each must be the offcial ballot found in Four Wheeler magazine.

So we encourage you to start voting. No pressure. You’re only in control of who goes to one of the greatest off-road events on planet earth.

Mitch Beck, Midvale, Utah
1971 Ford Bronco

This is Beck’s frst attempt at TTC, though he’s a trail veteran with 12 years of experience. He says that if voted in he’ll be ditching rear leaf springs and replacing them with a four-link setup.

Engine: 351ci Ford V-8
Transmission: Modifed C6
Transfer case: NP231/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Kingpin-style Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/spool
Ratio: 4.10:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, 16-in-travel air shocks/56-in Chev y leaf springs, shocks
Tires: 4 4x18.5R16.5 cut Gateway Tires Gumbo Monster Mudders
Special features: Four-wheel disc brakes, Trail- Gear Creeper Joints used on front and rear suspension, limiting straps, recentered Hummer H1 wheels, custom rock rings, 22-gal RCI fuel cell, IH Scout steering box, hydro-assist steering, Warn 8,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 12 years

Brian Szulwach, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
1951 Willys CJ-3A

Those of you who have been following TTC for a while may recognize this Willys called “Goliath.” It competed in TTC 2000, driven by its previous owner. Szulwach says, “I have built/rebuilt this old boy to where it is in better condition than it was when he ran TTC 2000.” Well readers, what do you say?

Engine: 350ci GM V-8
Transmission: SM420
Transfer case: Atlas II, 4.3:1
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 70HD
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.17:1
Suspension, f/r: Rancho 3-in-lift “Waggy” leaf springs, custom torque bar/64-in, 6-in-lift Chevy leaf springs, custom torque bar
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper TSL
Special features: York engine-driven air compressor, Premier Power Welder, Optima RedTop battery, hydraulic steering, Bad Boy CV rear driveshaft, custom front driveshaft with 14-in slip, 15x12 MRW beadlocks
Driver experience: 20-plus years

Justin Middleton, Shelton, Washington
1978 Chevy Blazer

It’s big and its trail ready, but guess what? If you vote Middleton in he says he’s going to turn up the heat by installing 2½-ton Rockwell axles, 49-inch tires, and full hydraulic steering. So, what say you?

Engine: 454ci GM V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 70
Traction aids, f/r: Welded/welded
Ratio: 4.56:1
Suspension, f/r: 10-in-lift leaf springs/10-in-lift leaf springs with reverse shackles
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper TSL Bogger
Special features: Holley Truck Avenger carburetor, twin-stick T-case shifters, Mile Marker 12,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 10 years

Todd Cianciulli, Talty, Texas
1979 Jeep CJ-5

This is Cianciulli's second at tempt to garner your vote, and he's ready to make the trek from Texas to California to show you what his CJ can do. His rig seems to have all the bases covered. Will you let him step up to the plate?

Engine: 454ci GM V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: NP203/Dana 300 doubler
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rock well
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson spool/Ouverson spool
Ratio: 6 .72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 16-in-travel ORI struts/four-link, 16-in-travel ORI struts
Tires: 47x16.5-17 Interco Super Swamper LTB Special features: Fuel injection, PSC front and rear hydraulic steering w/front 10- in double-ended ram and rear 8-in double-ended ram, RCI 15-gal fuel cell, Corbeau seats w/ four-point re straints, NorthWest FabWorks triple -stick T-case cable shifters, Hummer H1 double beadlock wheels with PVC inserts, Warn winch
Driver experience: 9 years

Brian Wilson, Oregon City, Oregon
1982 Toyota pickup

You have to respect the fact that Wilson has kept the Toyota DNA in his Toyota truck. The rig sports a complete Toyota drivetrain bolstered by proven mods. Wilson wants the opportunity to show the wheeling world that his ’yota is the real deal. Will you give him the nod?

Engine: 2.4L Toyota I- 4
Transmission: W56 Toyota
Transfer case: Toyota dual case w/ Trail-Gear 4.7:1 gear kit in rear case
Axles, f/r: Toyota/Toyota
Traction aids, f/r: Lo ck-Right /Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.29:1
Suspension, f/r: 5-in-lift leaf springs, 2-in-longer shackles, 14-in-travel Bilstein shocks/5 -in-lift leaf springs, 2-in-longer shackles, 14-in-travel Bilstein shocks
Tires: 39.5 Interco IROK radial
Special features: ’89 Toyota truck engine, exhaust header, 2¼-in-diameter exhaust tubing, Longfeld axleshafts, trussed front axlehousing, IFS Toyota-application steering box, Trail-Gear crossover steering and rock sliders, All-Pro fatbed with diamond plate box, underbody rock lights, Warn 9,000 -lb winch
Driver experience: 10 years

John Retzloff, Covelo, California
1977 GMC K15

You voted him in as an alternate in TTC 2011, but he only got to watch the competition. Now Retzloff is hoping you’ll give him the thumbs up to run his well-equipped, street-legal rig in TTCs seven events. Would you like to see this fullsize rig in the Tank Trap?

Engine: 454ci GM V-8
Transmission: SM465
Transfer case: Dual NP205s
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Ox Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 4.88:1
Suspension, f/r: 52-in Chevy leaf springs, Rancho RS9000X 12-in-travel shocks/63-in Chevy leaf springs, Rancho RS9000X 12-in-travel shocks
Tires: 395/85R20 Michelin
Special features: Propane injection, 140-amp alternator, three Optima batteries, triple-stick T-case shifters, High Angle Driveline pinion brake, 35-spline Superior axleshafts, 35-spline Warn manual hubs, Longfeld 300M axleshaft U-joints, WFO highsteer, PSC hydraulic-assist steering, 20x12 Stazworks beadlocks, Warn 9.5ti winch
Driver experience: 18 years

Jon Bommarito, Sacramento, California
1984 Toyota pickup

Bommarito says that if voted in he’ll swap in a four-link rear suspension, narrow the front and rear, add a fatbed or a stock bed, and install full hydraulic steering. We’ll also assume that to conform to the rules he’ll replace the missing headlight and front fender.

Engine: 2.4L Toyota I-4
Transmission: Stock manual
Transfer case: Dual 21-spline Toyota
Axles, f/r: Toyota/Toyota
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/spool
Ratio: 5.71:1
Suspension, f/r: 5-in-lift Trail-Gear leaf springs/57-in leaf springs
Tires: 37-in Interco IROK (bias-ply)
Special features: Propane injection, 2.28:1 ratio front T-case, 4.70:1 ratio rear T-case, Trail-Gear Dirty 30’s 30-spline Birfeld front axle kit, Trail-Gear Six Shooter Knuckle Kit with ARP studs, 3-in wheel spacers, 12,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 10 years

Dave Schlossberg, San Luis Obispo, California
2007 Jeep Wrangler

Schlossberg, president of Synergy Suspension and Poly Performance, wants to make TTC his offce for a week. Will you let him?

Engine: 3.8L Chrysler V-6
Transmission: Stock manual
Transfer case: Atlas II, 5.0:1
Axles, f/r: Currie RockJock 60/Currie RockJock 60
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Synergy Suspension Stage 4 long-arm, Fox 12-in-travel coilovers and bumpstops/Synerg y Suspension Stage 4 long-arm, Fox 12-intravel coilovers and bumpstops
Tires: 41.5-in Pitbull Rocker
Special features: PSC hydraulic-assist steering, TrailReady beadlock wheels, “sweet stereo,” full Synergy rollcage, tow strap, wet wipes, Warn 9,500-lb winch
Driver experience: 18 years

Paul Boundy, Grafton, Ontario, Canada
2003 Chevy Silverado 1500 HD

In a rare occurrence in TTC history, Boundy has submitted two vehicles as TTC ’13 candidates. This one is straight-up fullsize goodness that has undergone a solid axle conversion and sports coilovers at all four corners. We’re assuming he’ll install a rear locker to conform to the rules. Would you like to see the big Chevy in the Frame Twister?

Engine: 6.0L GM V-8
Transmission: 4L80E
Transfer case: Twin NP205s
Axles, f/r: Dodge AAM/Dodge AAM
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/limited slip
Ratio: 4.56:1
Suspension, f/r: Ladder bar, King coilovers/four-link, King coilovers
Tires: 46-in Mickey Thompson Baja Claw
Special features: Solid front axle conversion, Warn 12,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 5 years

Richie Tremblay, Strathmore, Alberta, Canada
1995 Chevy S-10

Tremblay has competed in numerous local competitions (and won a few) and now he wants to put his homebuilt rig (a Chevy S-10 on a Chev y ¾-ton chassis) up against our seven events. Interesting facts: Tremblay has owned the truck for 15 years and it’s on its 18th engine and its 4th body. Do you want to see it in action?

Engine: 454ci GM V-8
Transmission: TH40 0
Transfer case: NP20 5
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rock well
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.7 2:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 16-in-travel King coilovers/four-link, 16-in-travel King coilovers
Tires: TBD
Special features: Interior rollcage, front 12,000-lb Warn winch, rear 9,50 0-lb Warn winch
Driver experience: 19 years

Scotty Guthrie, Wallace, California
1974 Jeep CJ-5
Guthrie is a frst-time candidate for TTC and he comes to the table with potent rig. The list includes big-block power, Unimog axles, and a four-link coilover suspension. What do you think? Is this CJ-5 ready for TTC?

Engine: 502ci GM V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Atlas II 3.8:1
Axles, f/r: Unimog 406-416 portal/Unimog 406- 416 portal
Traction aids, f/r: Pneumatic locker/pneumatic locker
Ratio: 6.52 :1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 14 -in-travel Sway-A-Way coilovers/four-link, 16-in travel Sway-A-Way coilovers
Tires: 49-in Interco IROK
Special features: Front Warn 8274 winch, rear Warn 3,000-lb winch, on-board air, cutting brakes, hydraulic steering, 12voltguy panels
Driver experience: 20 years

Craig Miller, Puyallup, Washington
1973-1987 Chevy pickup

The foundation of Millers unique Chevy truck is a military CUCV pickup truck frame. The frame has been bobbed front and rear, the cab has been narrowed 10 inches, the front and rear have been dovetailed, and it has a fatbed. Do you want to see Miller’s creation in action?

Engine: 350ci GM V-8
Transmission: Dirty Danz TH400
Transfer case: NP203/205 ORD Doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 4.56:1
Suspension, f/r: 52-in Chevy leaf springs with no overload leaf, Rancho shocks, Offroad Design Zero Rate Kit/56-in Chevy leaf springs with no overload leaf, Rancho shocks
Tires: 42x14.0-15 Interco IROK
Special features: Triple-stick T-case shifters, DIY front spring hangers, 4-in ORD rear shackle fip, 35-spline axleshafts, Longfeld axle joints, fat bellypan with 24-in clearance, custom rocksliders, crossover steering, Bent Metal Customs heavy duty tie rod and drag link, PSC hydro-assist steering with Flex-a-lite cooler, in-cab air cleaner, Rockcrawler wheels with Longfeld beadlocks, Warn 8274 winch
Driver experience: 28 years

Tim Calabro, Grants Pass, Oregon
1986 Jeep CJ-7

Calabro says he has been winning races since 2009, and this photo is of a race he won in Reedsport, Oregon. Now he wants to try his hand at TTC. Will you give him the opportunity?

Engine: 4.3L GM V-6
Transmission: 700- R4
Transfer case: Dana 300
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, Fox 2.5 air shocks/four-link, Fox 2.5 air shocks
Tires: 42-in Pitbull Rocker
Special features: Hydraulic-assist steering, exocage, rollcage, five-point restraints, fuel cell, Allied beadlock wheels, Warn 9.5ti winch
Driver experience: 15 years

Christian Hazel, Escondido, California
1971 Jeep CJ-6

Some of you may recognize this rustic Jeep from our sister magazine Jp. This former Border Patrol CJ is being built specifcally to overtake the TTC competitors. Will the extra set of tires be Editor Hazel’s ticket for wall-riding the Tank Trap?

Engine: 225ci Buick V-6
Transmission: SM420
Transfer case: Dana 300
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Stock 1¾-in leaf springs/stock leaf springs
Tires: Quad 9.00x20 NDT or 54-in Mickey Thompson Baja Claw TTC
Special features: Warn Belleview winch upgraded to 8274 specs, full hardtop, lots of rust, Premier Power Welder, bed-mounted radiator, fuel cell, zoomie headers, electric-over-hydraulic steering
Driver experience: 20 years

Pepe Palomo, Fontana, California
1999 Toyota Tacoma

This is Palomo’s second time on the chopping block. Could his four cylinder engine and 42-inch tires be enough to take the top prize?

Engine: 2.4L Toyota I-4
Transmission: Stock 5-spd
Transfer case: Dual Toyota, Marlin Crawler adapter
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 70
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/spool
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: 5-in All-Pro springs/5-in All-Pro springs
Tires: 42-in Interco Super Swamper TSL
Special features: Warn M8000 winch, custom cage
Driver experience: 19 years

Jon Bundrant, Corvallis, Montana
1998 Toyota Tacoma

Bundrant’s custom Tacoma is still in the works, but your vote could determine the final leg of the build. If he gets voted in, Bundrant plans to replace the current powerplant with a LS3 V-8, in hopes of giving the Taco the power it needs to go to the top of the pack.

Engine: 2.7L Toyota I-4
Transmission: W59
Transfer case: Stock Toyota
Axles, f/r: Hybrid FJ80, Diamond housing/Currie F9
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 5.29:1
Suspension, f/r: All-Pro Off-Road three-link /All-Pro Off-Road leaf springs
Tires: 42-in Interco IROK
Special features: Warn 8,000-lb winch, custom cage and bed kit, All-Pro Off-Road bumpers
Driver experience: 30 years

Rick Jenson, Valley, Nebraska
1963 International Harvester Scout

Jensen originally submitted his entry in 2005, and nearly eight years later, he is putting his name in the hat again. This time the rig is equipped with a set of steering Rockwells to give the Scout extra maneuverability and a tuned 440 to provide grunt for the 44-inch tires.

Engine: 440ci Dodge V-8
Transmission: TorqueFlite 727
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, Fabtech coils, Rancho shocks/triangulated four-link, Fabtech coils, Rancho shocks
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper TSL
Special features: Front and rear hydraulic steering, fuel injected, custom chip, driveline brakes, Warn 8274 winch, custom cage, 16.5-in double beadlocks
Driver experience: 34 years

Matt Christian, Duncan, Oklahoma
1995 Chevy S-10

Christian’s S-10 was modifed to ft the new TTC rulebook. Packed with a V-8 and Rockwell axles are you ready to see how this mega mini-truck will survive?

Engine: 5.3L Chevy V- 8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Grizzly Locker/welded
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, ORI struts/four-link, Sway-A-Way air shocks
Tires: 47-in Interco LTB
Special features: Warn 9.5ti winch, custom frame and cage, pinion brakes, B&M shifter
Driver experience: 13 years

Brad Daffin, Hamilton, Montana
1978 Ford F-150

It’s large, homemade, and has a massive big-block. Are you curious to hear just what a 521ci engine sounds like blasting through the Pit?

Engine: 521ci Ford V-8
Transmission: C6
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Sterling
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Bloody Knuckle Garage long-travel kit, coils/leaf springs
Tires: 44-in Pitbull Rocker
Special features: Custom steering, dual Optima batteries, Warn winch
Driver experience: 15 years

John Baumert, Clarkson, Nebraska
1995 Chevy S-10 Blazer

Once your average grocery-getter, now a full-fedged wheeler, Baumert’s S-10 Blazer is built for battle. We’re thinking the exo-cage will be a handy implement in the Tank Trap.

Engine: 4.3L Chevy V-6
Transmission: 4L60E
Transfer case: NP231/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Lock-Right/spool
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, coils/spring-over
Tires: 42-in Pitbull Rocker
Special features: Mile Marker 12,000-lb winch, custom bumpers, skidplates, and exo-cage, hydro-assist steering, rear traction bar
Driver experience: 15 years

Richard Yeamans, Medford, Oregon
1997 Jeep Wrangler

Sure, it may seem like just another stretched Jeep Wrangler, but this one is packing a turbocharged V- 8 under the hood. The spooling power could come in very handy.

Engine: 5.2L Magnum V- 8
Transmission: 46RH
Transfer case: NV241OR
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Grizzly Locker/spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 14-in-travel Fox 2.5 air shocks/four-link, 14-in-travel Fox 2.5 air shocks
Tires: 47-in Interco LTB
Special features: Supercharger, 14-bolt hub conversion, hydraulic steering, four-wheel disc brakes, H1 double beadlocks
Driver experience: 19 years

Brian Kille, Montrose, Colorado
1991 Jeep Wrangler

It’s red, it jumps, and it has a V-8. That sounds like a great recipe for action on the obstacle course!

Engine: 6.0L GM LS-2 V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Atlas II, 3.8:1
Axles, f/r: High-pinion Dana 60/Dana 70
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom multilink, 14-in-travel Fox coilovers/multilink, 14-in-travel Fox coilovers
Tires: 39-in BFGoodrich Krawler Red Label
Special features: Warn winch, custom cage
Driver experience: 15 years

Paul Boundy, Grafton, Ontario, Canada
1994 Jeep Wrangler

Our neighbors from the north have been known to bring down some big 4x4s and put on a show. Will Boundy’s yellow YJ have what it takes to keep the Canadian legacy alive?

Engine: 383ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/Grizzly Locker
Ratio: 5.86:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, coils/four-link, coils
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper Bogger
Special features: Warn winch, fuel cell, Holley carburetor
Driver experience: 5 years

Eric Kam, Alberta, Canada
1986 Chevy K2500

While in its current configuration Kam’s fullsize Chevy doesn’t ft into the rulebook. If voted in, he promises to have a new hood, grille, and bedsides to complete the look of this monster wheeler.

Engine: 496ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2 ½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Welded/welded
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 18-in-travel FOA shocks/four-link, 18-in-travel FOA shocks
Tires: 54-in Interco Super Swamper Bogger
Special features: Front and rear hydraulic steering, custom bodywork, 15,000-lb Mile Marker hydraulic winch, 20-in custom beadlocks
Driver experience: 12 years

Chuck Brainerd, Burnsville, Minnesota
2005 Jeep Wrangler

Can 20 years of driving experience and 40-inch tires be enough for this year’s mud bog? We say maybe! It does have V-8 after all.

Engine: 5.3L Chevy V-8
Transmission: 4L60E
Transfer case: NP231
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60 w/14-bolt outers
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, ORI struts/four-link, ORI struts
Tires: 40-in Goodyear Wrangler MT/R
Special features: Warn 9.5 winch, RCI fuel cell, PSC Motorsports hydroassist steering, custom steering with tie-rod behind the axle, Poison Spyder Customs cage Driver experience: 20 years

Jared Bishop, Hollister, California
1979 Jeep CJ-5

This Hollister native’s Jeep is equipped with a slew of heavy duty parts. Sure, he has the home court advantage, but will that be enough on game day?

Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: SM465
Transfer case: Atlas II, 4.3:1
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 5 .13:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, Fox 2.5 air shocks/four-link, Fox 2.5 air shocks
Tires: 42-in Interco Super Swamper TSL SX
Special features: Warn 9.5 winch, hydraulic steering, onboard welder
Driver experience: “Entire life"

David Hill, Prather, California
1980 GMC Pickup

Hill’s classic Chevy is a shining example of what the roots of TTC were all about. The truck is big, simple, and built for serious wheeling.

Engine: 355ci GM V-8
Transmission: SM465
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Superlift 6-in/ 16-in-travel Fox 2.5 air shocks
Tires: 39.5-in Interco IROK
Special features: Warn winch, custom cage, hydro-assist steering, custom bodywork, Off-road Design frame brace
Driver experience: 9 years

Jennifer Smith, San Martin, California
1968 Ford Bronco

Will this lady in red clean house at this year’s TTC? She has 22 years of experience and a supercharger under the hood! Fellas be warned.

Engine: 381ci Ford SVT V-8
Transmission: C6
Transfer case: Stak 3-spd
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Sterling 10.5
Traction aids, f/r: E-Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 4.88:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link/four-link
Tires: 42-in Goodyear Wrangler MT/R
Special features: Supercharger, Warn winch, modifed Proto Fab bumpers
Driver experience: 22 years

David George Jr., Vienna, Ohio
1990 Suzuki Samurai

George calls his rig “Mr. Yuk” and it’s a mashup of a 110-inch wheelbase custom frame, Samurai body tub, cut down Jeep Liberty grille, custom sheetmetal fenders, and a fiberglass hood scoop from a ’69 Chevy Corvet te. He says, “I have run it deep and it always comes out the other side, and it skims a little, too.” He says it’ll have DOT-compliant tires by go-time.

Engine: 383ci GM V-8
Transmission: White Brothers TH350
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Double triangulated four-link, 18-in-travel King coilovers/double triangulated four-link, 18-in-travel King coilovers
Tires: 14.9x24 agricultural
Special features: 550hp, two-stage nitrous, remote-mount aluminum radiator with Flex-a-lite fan, limiting straps, polyurethane bumpstops, pinion brakes, front hydraulic steering, 24x15 Long’s Wheel & Rim beadlock wheels, Warn 18.5ti, underdash air intake, four-point restraints
Driver experience: 15 years

Vincent Babauta, Hagatna, Guam
1990 Toyota Pickup

Babauta is from an island, so will that give him an advantage when he is surrounded by water in the Tank Trap? Just getting his rig stateside will be the first challenge!

Engine: 385ci Ram Jet V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/spool
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link/four-link
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper Bogger
Special features: Custom body panels, MasterCraft seats
Driver experience: “Entire life”

Nolan Skopliak, Maple Ride, British Columbia, Canada
1987 GMC Jimmy

Packed with an 8.1L Vortec engine, the Canadian Jimmy is fixed with big bits new and old. So how about that obstacle course, eh?

Engine: 496ci GM Vortec V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: LoMax-equipped NP 205
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom leafs, Bilstein shocks/custom leafs, shackle reversal, Bilstein shocks Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper Bogger
Special features: Interior rollcage, beadlocks, bumpstops, Wilwood pinion brakes
Driver experience: 10 years

Joshua Middleton, Shelton, Washington
1979 Ford Bronco

Middleton has thrown his hat in the TTC ring previously, but he’s hoping that this is the year you’ll give him the nod. He says, “If I’m picked, I’ll do my best to make the Ford fans proud.”

Engine: 460ci Ford V-8
Transmission: Modifed C6
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Welded/welded
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link/leaf spring
Tires: 49-in Interco IROK
Special features: 400hp, Holley Truck Avenger 770cfm carburetor, rear shackle flip, PSC hydraulic steering, rear line-lock, beadlock wheels, 1480 U-joints, 12,000-lb Mile Marker winch
Driver experience: 10 years

Glen Green, Winfield, British Columbia, Canada
1979 Ford F-350

Green says, “I’m excited about the rule changes this year and think my truck would be a strong competitor.” His massive rig seems to have the grunt and beef to get the job done. What say you?

Engine: 460ci Ford V-8
Transmission: Modifed C6
Transfer case: Dual NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/Spool
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom four-link, coil springs, Rancho RS9000 shocks/custom four-link, coil springs, Rancho RS9000 shocks
Tires: 54-in Interco Super Swamper TSL Bogger
Special features: Reid Racing knuckles, NWF drive flanges, Yukon Super Joints, chromoly inner and outer axleshafts, Yukon rear axleshafts, onboard air system, MRW beadlock wheels, front or rear-mountable Warn 12,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 18 years

Josh Harris, Portland, Oregon
1992 GMC S-15 Jimmy

Harris calls his rig the “S-Ton” and he thinks it’s ready for TTC’s seven events. Do you think that the exocage can help it slither unscathed though the Canyon in the Tank Trap? There’s only one way to fnd out.

Engine: 5.7L GM V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded
Ratio: 5.3 8:1
Suspension, f/r: 52-in Chevy leaf springs, 14-in-travel shocks/5 6 -in Chevy leaf springs, 14-in-travel shocks
Tires: 42-in Interco Super Swamper TSL
Special features: Yukon chromoly inner and outer axleshafts, hydraulic-assist steering, high-steer with tie rod mounted behind axle, triple-stick T-case shifters, Hummer H1 eight-bolt double beadlock wheels with PVC inser ts, Ramsey 9,500-lb winch
Driver experience: 13 years

Rob Daly, Silver Springs, Nevada
1988 Jeep Wrangler

Daly is a regular player on tough trails like the Rubicon and Fordyce and his Jeep is stuffed with cool tech. The rig is going through a makeover and when completed will look like a ’46 fat fender with a YJ grille.

Engine: 5.3L GM V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: Atlas II
Axles, f/r: Custom Ruffstuf f Specialties with 9-in housing, Strange centersection, AxleTech portals/Custom Ruf fstuff Specialties with 9-in housing, Strange centersection, AxleTech portals
Traction aids, f/r: N/A
Ratio: 5.30:1
Suspension, f/r: Reverse four-link, aluminum links, 20-in-travel shocks/reverse four-link, aluminum links, 20-in-travel shocks
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper TSL
Special features: EFI, PSC hydraulic front steering, self-centering rear steering, chromoly axleshafts, aluminum body panels, double beadlock wheels, Warn 8,000-lb winch
Driver experience: N/A

Matt Huit, Spokane, Washington
1981 Volkswagen Rabbit pickup

Now here’s something you don’t see every day. If you like unusual, this is your rig. Could this Rabbit hop over the logs in the Frame Twister and scamper through the Obstacle Course? We won’t know if you don’t give it the thumbs up.

Engine: 454ci GM V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP203/205 Jed’s Machining doubler
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Grizzly locker/Grizzly locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link with triangulated lower links, 16-in-travel Sway-A-Way coilovers/four-link with triangulated lower links, 16-in-travel Sway-A-Way coilovers
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper TSL Bogger
Special features: 450hp, Accel Super Ram TPI, Ruffstuff Specialties shock towers and link arm spherical rod ends, Heretic Fab link arms, Rockwell Off Road boots and seals, electric-over-hydraulic rear steering, 15x12 steel wheels, Mile Marker 12,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 18 years

Chris Durham, Easley, South Carolina
1949-2004 Jeep

With his own motorsports shop and a long history in competitive rockcrawling, Durham seems well-qualifed for TTC. Do you want to see Durham vs. Tank Trap?

Engine: 360ci Mopar V-8
Transmission: Chrysler 904
Transfer case: Atlas II, 3.0:1
Axles, f/r: High-pinion Dana 60/Shaved GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom multilink, Zone coils and shocks, Daystar bumpstops/custom multilink, Zone coils and shocks, Currie Antirock sway bar, Daystar bumpstops
Tires: 42-in Goodyear Wrangler MT/R
Special features: AGR hydraulic-assist steering, Superior axleshafts, rear linelock, 110-in wheelbase, 1-in body lif t, 17x 9 Walker Evans b eadlock wheels, Warn 9,000-lb winch, Chris Durham Motorsports hood, front bumper, top, and bed
Driver experience: Born behind the wheel

Mel Wade, Fullerton, California
2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Mel Wade and his ’07 JK have competed in the King of the Hammers twice, completed multiple Ultimate Adventure, and JK Experience trips, and are ready to take on Top Truck Challenge. Fitted with a slew of off-the-shelf EVO Manufacturing parts, could this Off Road Evolution four-door have what it takes to win?

Engine: V-8
Transmission: Automatic
Transfer case: Atlas 4-spd
Axles, f/r: ProRock 60/ProRock 80
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: EVO Mfg Double ThrowDown/EVOLever Double ThrowDown
Tires: 40-in Nitto Mud Grappler
Special features: EVO Mfg cage, Warn winch, ATX beadlocks, MasterCraft seats, EVO Mfg bumpers, J.E. Reel driveshafts
Driver experience: 30 years

Larry McRae, Banning, California
2007 Jeep Wrangler

Poison Spyder Customs owner Larry McRae is no stranger to competition. McRae’s latest JK creation is still under the knife, but is said to match the rendering you see here. Will his digital dream be a virtual nightmare for the competition?

Engine: Turnkey LS V-8
Transmission: 6L80E
Transfer case: Atlas
Axles, f/r: ProRock 60/ProRock 60
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Poison Spyder three-link, Fox 2.0 coilovers, 2.5 bypass shocks/Poison Spyder four-link, Fox 2.0 coilovers, 2.5 bypass shocks
Tires: 40-in BFGoodrich Krawler T/A KX
Special features: Warn 9.5ti winch, Poison Spyder Customs bumpers and armor, 2-in chromoly cage, fuel cell, MasterCraft seats
Driver experience: 35 years

Jeremy Brown, Sherwood, Oregon
1972 Chev y Blazer

This ’72 Blazer has experienced the TTC battle before at the hands of the previous owner. A complete refresh and rebuild was necessary to get the rig comp-compliant for the 2013 TTC rule change. Will you give this new-old rig get a second go at victory?

Engine: 454ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: SM465
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Tuff Country leaf springs/Tuff Country leaf springs
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper Bogger
Special features: Warn 8274 winch, Gray Fab diff covers, Stazworks double beadlocks
Driver experience: 12 years

Aaron and Lisa Fava, Gold Beach, Oregon
1989 Chevy Crew Cab

This flying fortress belongs to the Fava’s and they want a chance to take their mega-wheeler through the Tank Trap. If voted in they are thinking 54s will get added to the build registry. So are you going to give this land yacht a vote?

Engine: 454ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP208 to a divorced-mount NP205
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rock well /2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Welded/Welded
Ratio: 6 .72:1
Suspension, f/r: 5 6 -in militar y-wrapped leaf springs/modifed 65 -in Pro Comp leaf springs
Tires: 49-in Interco IROK
Special features: Front and rear winches, 16.5-in beadlocks, front and rear hydraulic steering, 42-gal fuel tank
Driver experience: “Not long enough”

Jon Fanning, Tigard, Oregon
1973 GMC Jimmy

If you are a fan of the classics, Fanning’s modestly built Jimmy is one to like. This retro-wheeler could be very interesting to watch navigate over this year’s new course!

Engine: 400ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP205/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Ox-Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 4.56:1
Suspension, f/r: Superlift 6-in springs/56-in springs, shackle fip, 2-in block
Tires: 39.5-in Interco Super Swamper TSL
Special features: H1 beadlocks, 9,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 15 years

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